They call me "creepy." They call Boo "stressed out."

by doodaddy on November 15, 2007

I got teased at the playground and it hurt. You’d think I’d’ve gotten over this sort of thing about the same time my age entered double digits, but I think age only lets us mask our hurt at teasing with a wry, knowing smile instead of breaking out into tears.

But I cried my inside tears.

Well, OK, not so drastic. But I did feel a twinge when they called me "creepy" and Boobaby "stressed out." There were other pejoratives, too, but I forgot ’em. It was all in fun, ha, ha, isn’t it funny how different our parenting strategies are, golly gee, and yours is "creepy" and your baby must be "stressed out," chuckle chuckle. And we all laughed, of course, because that’s what you do in public when you’re an adult.

The teasers were three totally normal parents, too, not some weirdos, which would have been at least oddly comforting. Two moms and a dad who seem pretty cool — not quite as engaged as I get with the kids, but that’s my shtick, and I know it doesn’t work for every kid or at all times. Sometimes (and with some kids) it works to play interactively, and other times you let the kids play on their own and just keep a distant eye out for impalement and dirt eating. And while I can run the gamut, I’ll admit I tend toward the rolling-wrestling-dancing end of the spectrum.

So I’m the Pied Piper, right? With kids crawling all over me, leading a gaggle of ’em in drawing or dancing or hiking, or whatever? Not so weird since I was a teacher, after all, and besides it’s just kind of who I am — I play with kids, see?

So, please — you can be however you want with your kids — just don’t be mean at me, cause it makes me feel like a sad face smiley. 🙁

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Annie November 15, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Why would someone say that? Did you respond with ‘well you’re weird, so there’ 😉 Just kidding.

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Just Powers November 15, 2007 at 7:02 pm

Yeah, I wouldn’t say they were totally normal. I can’t imagine any situation where I would feel it was ok to call another parent at the playground creepy. It just wouldn’t even enter my mind.

That guy who stared at my daughter on the subway the other day? He was creepy. A dad who engages with children, not so much. Those parents are probably just jealous.

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Dawn November 15, 2007 at 8:12 pm

that just sucks.

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Amy [Taste Like Crazy] November 16, 2007 at 8:37 am

I think it’s cause you’re not “normal”.

Let me explain.

You are a dad who stays at home with his daughter. That makes you weird. “Normal” dads go to work and only spend small amounts of time with their daughters.

So, since you don’t do the normal thing, you’re labeled as “creepy”.

Our culture [our media] pounds it into our heads that something is wrong with a grown man wanting to spend time with little kids.

The people who said such hurtful things to you are just asses.

I’m really sorry that they hurt your feelings. I think what you do rocks…to bad they can’t see your awesomeness like I do.

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Xbox4NappyRash November 20, 2007 at 1:39 pm

Meh… Pricks.

SAHDs are very much in the minority so I wouldn’t get too upset over some comments, but to use chosen words like that is sad.

Pricks.

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